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Kill Shakespeare, IDW | Other Indie

Figured I’d get the biased part out of the way. Usually when reviewing a new series I’d start off telling you what I know about it going in, and this is the same… it’s just we’ll realize I’m a little one-sided on this very soon.

I’ve spent a little time on Shakespeare. I will say that, on the subject of Shakespeare, I like the comedies more than the tragedies or the historicals, but that’s really just a matter of personal taste. I will also gladly state that I don’t particularly like reading Shakespeare. It wasn’t meant to be read. Shakespeare wrote them to be performed, and you can’t tell me that if he’d realized they were going to be required reading a hundred years later he wouldn’t have made different choices. I love interpretations of the work, however… just about all interpretations. I like adaptations that take place in a historically-correct time period, I like adaptations that take place in modern times, I like other work that borrow from it like Gargoyles… I like it all.

So that’s the genre, what about the comic in particular? Well I know the writer, Conor McCreery. We met at the first Hal Con back in 2011 and played tag during my book launch of Infinity. That’s literal tag. McCreery is a kid at heart in all the best ways, and we’ve been thorns in each other’s sides every year since. I like Conor, so I’m going to say right now I am biased but will try to be fair. Continue reading Kill Shakespeare, IDW | Other Indie

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A Quest of Heroes by Morgan Rice | Other Indie

A Quest of Heroes is a 2012 high fantasy novel written and published by Morgan Rice. This is the first novel in The Sorcerer’s Ring fantasy series by Rice, which has produced sixteen sequels to date, with her latest entry, The Gift of Battle, having followed in November 2014.

This book takes its cues from the works that cemented the “heroes journey” storytelling technique into the modern culture. There are shades of Tolkien and George RR Martin noticed and appreciated, but more importantly there are elements of the authors which inspired them: there are strong hints of influences of the epic Greek poems, strong hints of affection for the Odyssey,  and iconography like the Dynasty Sword allude to Arthurian legends and folklore. There is a lot to unpack with this book from even just a meta-textual perspective, so much so that I’m genuinely shocked it hasn’t gotten more critical attention than it has: it’s a gold mine of world-building lovingly pieced together from fragments of the epic fantasy worlds that came before it, from an author who recognizes how those elements can fit together to make something fresh and new. Continue reading A Quest of Heroes by Morgan Rice | Other Indie

Cover Design Unveiled: Fantasy from the Rock!

promo_cover7_webAmid the flurry of announcements regarding the ever-expanding lineup of terrific talent in the April 2017 Fantasy from the Rock, it’s easy to forget that a great collection of authors needs a great cover to unify all those great stories under one banner! Last year we got some stellar mixed-medium work from Kyle Callahan of Kyle Callahan Photography, and this year he’s returned with a piece that emphasizes the Celtic fairy origins of fantasy storytelling in Atlantic Canada.

This beautiful piece combining multiple mediums was crafted by Kyle Callahan of Kyle Callahan Photography. It incorporates stunning photography with stylized computer-generated art to bring the themes of the natural wonder of fantasy into the heart of St. John’s Newfoundland, where the photo was taken. It also features design and sculpture work by Ellen Curtis, who designed the fairy model that was used in the photography. Continue reading Cover Design Unveiled: Fantasy from the Rock!

‘The Six Elemental’ author Ali House returns for Fantasy from the Rock!

the-six-elemental_fireworksAli House, whose first novel The Six Elemental started Engen’s spectacular tenth year anniversary in October 2016, is returning to the From the Rock collection series in Fantasy from the Rock with two all-new short stories, “The Invisible Boy” and “Honor.”

Ali’s 2016 collection entry, “Twenty-One” was heralded as one of the gems of the collection and led to a novel based on the concept and characters later that same year.

“Some good Young Adult fiction is set up here, with something that pulls at my personal heartstrings. [The Six Elemental] is another book I must pick up when it comes out.” — Sam Bauer, author of ‘The Locket.’ Continue reading ‘The Six Elemental’ author Ali House returns for Fantasy from the Rock!

Introducing Shannon Green: Fantasy from the Rock author!

Engen Books is proud to use the From the Rock series to not only to bring award-winning established talent to the forefront, we also introduce the next generation of amazing talent to the province. In that respect, we are proud to announce the inclusion of Shannon Green and his story, Lower Antaras, to this year’s collection.

Shannon Green is a jack-of-all-trades from St. John’s Newfoundland who studied classics at Memorial University of Newfoundland, where he specialized on the illustrations soldiers drew on the backs of their shields.

Lower Antaras introduces us to the town of the same name in a world populated by a the denizens of a new world Green has imagined, bringing us a fully-realized fantasy world of drink, religions, and mythology. It is a first-class effort in world-building, and we cannot wait to see what he adds to it in the future. 🙂

Heather Reilly announced as one of the all-star authors of Fantasy from the Rock!

Heather ReillyOne of the things that makes the From the Rock series great is its ability to pair new and up-and-coming talent with established, award-winning talent pre-established within the industry, helping them reach a new audience while providing a forum for new authors to get their stories told on a grand stage.

It is with that in mind that Engen Books is proud to announce one of our all-star ambassador authors of this year’s collection, fantasy author Heather Reilly!

Heather Reilly is the author of the Binding of the Almatraek medieval fantasy series, and has written and illustrated several whimsical books for children.  She is the proud recipient of the Noble Artist’s Author of the Month award for February 2015 for her short story that appears is set to appear in the Fantasy from the Rock anthology; In the Moonlight.

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Only 90 Days Left!! | Fantasy from the Rock

That’s right, only 90 days left before the submissions for Fantasy from the Rock close on December 31, 2016! We already look to have twelve amazing new authors, some new, some established, and some award winning on board, with formal announcements to come once the deadline is closed. You’ve still got time to be a part of this great new collection!

After the colossal success of Sci-Fi from the Rock this past 10th Anniversary weekend, Engen Books has decided to continue the line with Fantasy from the Rock, to be available in Spring 2017 at the eleventh annual Sci-Fi on the Rock convention.

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